- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardised test that is accepted for admission to various disciplines at many graduate and business schools across the globe.
- More than 3,200 graduate schools and business schools use this esteemed test, to choose the candidates who are competent enough to survive and succeed in rigorous graduate level work.
- GRE test is administered in two formats – Paper Based Test or PBT and Computer Based Test or CBT.
- The validity period of GRE score is five years.
Test Format & Structure
In all cases the Analytical Writing section is the first section of the exam, followed by a 10 minute break. After the break, there are 6 sections: two verbal, two math, an unscored section, and a research section. The research section is always the last section, while the other sections can appear in any order.
|Analytical Writing||Two tasks, 30 minutes each||One "Analyse an Issue" task and one "Analyse an Argument" task||Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.|
|Verbal Reasoning||Two sections each with 20 questions, 30 minutes for each section||20 questions per section||Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.|
|Quantitative Reasoning||Two sections each with 20 questions, 35 minutes for each section||20 question per section||Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.|
|Unscored||Varies||Varies||An experimental section that will either be a math or a verbal section may also be included on the exam.|
Test Score & Score Calculations
The GRE is scored on a 130-170 scale in each section. You’ll receive both a GRE Verbal score and on GRE Quantitative score.
|Verbal Reasoning:||130–170, in 1-point increments|
|Quantitative Reasoning:||130–170, in 1-point increments|
|Analytical Writing:||0–6, in half-point increments|
Both the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections of the GRE are section adaptive. That means that the first part of these sections is of mid-range difficulty, and those who scored well on the first part received a more difficult second part. To calculate scores, ETS begins with a raw score of how many questions were correct in each section regardless of level of difficulty. It then conducts a process that it calls equating, in which the scores are adjusted to account for variations in difficulty of some of the questions. ETS says that the resulting scaled score gives GRE test takers an accurate measure regardless of which version of the test was taken. For the Analytical Writing Section, the essays are scored once by a trained reader and the second time by a computerized e-rater. The two scores are compared and if they are identical, or close to identical, the human score is used. If they differ by a certain amount, a second trained reader reads the essays and the two human scores are averaged together. The two essays are scored separately and averaged together to compute the final score, which ranges from zero to six at half point intervals. On the paper version of the test, the essay is scored by two trained readers without the use of a computerized e-rater.
The GRE is approximately four hours long. Some may take even longer than four hours. After all, you do have to answer some questions and input personal information. You may also take the maximum time allotted on each section, including the ten-minute break and the five agonizing minutes you have to ponder over whether you want to accept your score. Conversely, you may breeze through each section, in which case the test may take less than three hours.
- Testing center check-in: 5-20 minutes
- Filling in information: 5-15 minutes
- How long is the writing section? 1 hour
- How long are the verbal sections? 1 hour
- How long are the math sections? 70 minutes
- Experimental section: 30 or 35 minutes
- Timed break: 10 minutes
- Score accept screen: 5 minutes
- Checking in time: 10-25 minutes
- Actually taking the GRE time: 4 hours
The official GMAT test fee is 180 USD.
Official Test Centers
You can take an official GRE test at Science and Technology University, 3rd floor, room 503.
Tel: + (976) 91903196, + (976) 99843200